Travel Lake Garda

Discussion in 'UK Wine Forum' started by Tom King, May 17, 2018.

  1. Planning a possible trip to Lake Garda in April next year;
    Any particular recommendations of places to stay? (Never been before).

    Was considering palacehotelvillacortine.com in Sirmione - as it will be late April I'm thinking the crowds won't be too bad?
     
  2. Tom Cannavan

    Tom Cannavan Administrator

    Tom,

    I was there last month and stayed in the Grand Hotel Fasano. Hotel was absolutely beautiful, especially if an elevated Lake-front room of course, but a lovely terrace for casual meals and drinks and for breakfast. I ate in their posh restaurant too and it was good rather than great, but that experience probably wasn't helped by the fact that in April it was indeed pretty quiet (though far from empty) and there were only two couples dining. Three minute's walk along the road is the 1* Lido 84 restaurant which we ate in and which was superb, so I will happily go back to the same hotel again, and indeed am planning to! A 10 minute walk up the hill is the Vittoriale degli Italiani complex of gardens and museums, with decent if touristy restaurants in the village facing it.
     
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  3. Thanks Peter, I had missed that thread
     
  4. We went in June and it wasn’t crowded, though nor was it very hot (but it snowed up on the Brenner that week!!, a good many years ago).

    Sirmione is nice, though guessing it gets chokka in July/August it should be fine in April, so long as not Easter perhaps.

    Some lovely day trip opportunities such as Soave and the edge of the Dolomites (maybe the Abbey of Neustift/Novacella which I mentioned elsewhere, and which makes some really nice wines including a famous Kerner and M-Thurgau), or Verona. In April I’d even suggest Venice. Not too far on the Autostrade, park in the big car park and boat in, back in the evening.
     
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  5. it must be good Tom because it appears to be full for most of the days in September that we are thinking of going. Did you book through an agent,direct with the hotel or Booking.com etc
     
  6. Tom Cannavan

    Tom Cannavan Administrator

    I booked direct Keith. I did see it on booking.com but prices were the same and booking.com had a more restricted range of room types than the hotel's own booking engine, so I guess if the hotel is showing full it probably is really full.
     
  7. Thanks Tom
     
  8. Note that Ca dei Frati is on the outskirts of Sirmione, to the South. It is walkable from the old centre, but a bit of a shlep.
     
  9. just following up on this, we just came back today from a long weekend - based outside of Pescheria, 20k from Verona

    Flew into Venice and then drove across (about 1.5 hours)

    Stayed at a beautiful place called Relais Cortais Paradiso - beautiful old Italian villa turned into apartments with shared pool etc. Great for those with kids. 5 mins drive from the bottom end of the lake.

    Cheeky tips
    1. BA fly from London City to Venice - flight was not busy - leaves 7am from London.
    2. My wife flew out from Lille airport (I joined them on return flight) for 25 euro each way. Flight was half full both ways - note: French school holidays do not class with UK ones!! One to bear in mind for those with kids and bored of 300 quid tickets from Stansted

    Re: wines. We just shopped first night at a local Spar supermarket - bought a load of random reds and whites, all under 10 euros. Each wine was excellent. The reds from Valtellina (I believe is near Bergamo), Trentino Rosso and Bardolina were elegant and fresh.
    Some decent whites with only one dud.

    Also picked up a Quinterilli Valpollicella for a song but actuallly enjoyed the other wines more.

    Will definately be returning (although definately not in summer!_

    Sirmione was indeed lovely, and thanks to those who mentioned it above. So. Much. Ice. Cream.

    As I say to my kids, it is AGAINST THE LAW not to have ice cream on holiday.
     
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  10. Going near there in September although Tom,s hotel is fully booked. Will fly into Verona and take car from there .
     

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